Green Wave looking to repeat as Class 5A champs

Staff Writer

West Point is getting ready to head to Oxford today, as the Green Wave will face Hattiesburg for a chance to win their second straight state championship. On paper, the undefeated Tigers are likely the best team West Point has faced since Starkville. However, Green Wave head coach Chris Chambless said his team takes a different approach.

“We approach every game like it is (the best team we’ve played),” Chambless said. “They’re very athletic, they’re very fast. There’s a reason they are undefeated. They play with a lot of passion and with a chip on their shoulder.”

Chambless said his team has had a good week of practice and preparation, and as usual, the team is focused on the task at hand.

“Our players know what’s at stake and our coaches know what’s at stake,” Chambless said. “This is the last game of the year regardless, but we want to go out winners.”

Both teams enter the contest at 14-0, but someone has to lose. Chambless said he thinks it is going to be an exciting game and he looks forward to the opportunity to coach in the state championship game.

“I’m really glad I’m able to coach in this game, but if I wasn’t, my tail would be up in the stands watching for sure,” Chambless said.

It will be a different atmosphere playing in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, but Chambless said his team will have no trouble under the bright lights.

“Our guys are used to that, regardless, because we played some jamborees at Mississippi State, but with it being in a different venue, you can take being in it last year and our team is used to being in big games,” Chambless said. “I think our guys are excited about it (playing in a new venue) and it’s going to add a different dimension of excitement.”

Unlike a regular week, the Green Wave will have an extra day of practice with the game being on Saturday, rather than Friday night.

“I love it. It gives you an extra day to prepare,” Chambless said. “I’m all about some practice. We got an extra day of practice this week and I’m all for that.”

If you would like to come out and show your support for the Green Wave, there will be supporters lining up near the Shell service station on Highway 45-W at 1:45 p.m. Saturday to wish the team good luck as they depart for Oxford. If you will be attending the game at Vaught-Hemingway, West Point will also be doing a team walk through on the grove at 4:45. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. Saturday night.

Note: For those who are attending the game, it is important to remember that although it is a high school game, visitors must still adhere to the SEC’s policies, which includes the clear bag policy. All visitors who will be bringing any type of bags into the stadium this weekend need to make sure that the bags are see through, for safety precautions.